NOTES FROM THE CRACKED CEILING: HILLARY CLINTON, SARAH PALIN, AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR A WOMAN TO WIN By Anne E. Kornblut Published by Crown Publishers, $25
On Page 1 of this somewhat depressing but entirely engaging book, Washington Post political reporter Anne Kornblut lays out her premise: The 2008 election “set back the cause of equality in the political sphere by decades.” In this first paragraph I reveal my bias -- I agree with her.
WHERE MERCY FAILS: DARFUR’S STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE By Chris Herlinger and Paul Jeffrey, foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu Published by Seabury Books, $25
Two pictures side by side take you up short in this stark little book about the horror that is Darfur. Two boys so similar they could be brothers, both wearing necklaces of shell and stone, stare out from the page. But, the caption tells us, they hail from warring groups -- one is “African,” the other “Arab,” one lives in a displacement camp, the other in his home village.